Dear Seattle Public Schools families:
At a School Board work session today, draft attendance area boundaries revisions (Growth Boundaries) for elementary and middle schools will be presented to School Board directors.
Student enrollment has increased from 46,000 in 2009-10 to about 51,000 this year, and we project nearly 60,000 students by 2020. We must add capacity and align boundaries to accommodate this growth.
Changes for some elementary and middle schools will start for the 2014-15 school year, and others will be phased in over time. High school boundaries will be considered at a future date.
There are many implementation and phasing details to be decided. For example, when the new student assignment plan was implemented in 2010, students were “grandfathered” at the school they attended the previous year. (For example, a student in K in 2009-2010 at school X could remain at school X through the highest grade, regardless of attendance area.) The school board needs to discuss this, but we anticipate that a similar provision will be made for these boundary changes.
The presentation to the Board, a document summarizing the changes, and other information will be available on the Growth Boundaries website. The Growth Boundaries website also has information describing the reason for these changes, a timeline and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
You are invited to review these drafts and to provide feedback. All input will be considered. Recommended changes will be introduced to the Board at the Oct. 16 board meeting, with action scheduled for Nov. 20. This will ensure families have the information they need prior to open enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year.
Ways you can provide input and suggestions include:
- Attend a community meeting (schedule below).
- Comments and questions can be emailed to GrowthBoundaries@seattleschools.org. All comments will be reviewed, provided to board members and summarized.
- New questions will be added to the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Growth Boundaries website.
- Participate in the “Walk the Boundaries” project. Information and instructions will be available on the website by Sept.18.
|When||Where and Language Interpretation|
|Monday, Sept. 23
|Mercer Middle School, Lunchroom
1600 South Columbian Way
(Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese and Tagalog interpreters)
|Tuesday, Sept. 24
|Nathan Hale High School, Commons
10750 - 30th Ave NE
(Spanish and Somali interpreters)
|Wednesday, Sept. 25
|West Seattle High School, Commons
3000 California Ave SW
Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese interpreters)
|Monday, Sept. 30
|Meany Building, Lunchroom
300 - 20th Ave E
(Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese interpreters)
|Tuesday, Oct. 1
|Ballard High School, Commons
1418 NW 65th St
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